Krispy Kreme is giving healthcare workers free doughnuts starting today

Krispy Kreme is making Mondays a little sweeter for America’s hardworking healthcare community.

The company is giving away “Original Glazed” doughnuts to the people on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic beginning Monday, March 30 — National Doctors’ Day — and continuing every Monday through National Nurses Week, which runs from May 6 to May 12.

“Just go to a Krispy Kreme drive-thru, tell us what you need and show us your employer badge,” Krispy Kreme announced in a statement. “That’s it. Pick up some free dozens on the way to work for you and your colleagues, or maybe a free dozen on your way home to family after a long shift.”

Company reps continued, “taking care of ourselves and each other never has been more important. Getting through this together by staying apart seems unnatural … Like everyone in these times, we’re anxious. We’re concerned. We’re also all in this together. Thank you, healthcare workers and everyone supporting them.”

Krispy Kreme isn’t the only company showing appreciation for healthcare workers. Crocs is donating free shoes to hospitals and nursing homes,  andStarbucks is giving away a free coffee to first-responders through May 3.

And this latest doughnut isn’t the first time Krispy Kreme has donated philanthropic dough.

Last December, the billionaire German family behind Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread pledged $5.5 million to help Holocaust survivors after admitting its Nazi past.

The Reimann family — which owns the JAB Holding Company conglomerate — is dispersing the funds over three years through its new humanitarian arm, the Alfred Landecker Foundation. The millions are earmarked for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which funds social services for Holocaust survivors.

Krispy Kreme also shared the following message with its “friends and neighbors.”

“On Saturdays, Krispy Kreme will add a free dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts to every pick-up, drive-thru and delivery order that includes a full price dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts or more, encouraging customers to put a smile on a neighbor’s face by giving them the free dozen. In fact, each free dozen will include a special smiley-face doughnut; we call it our “Be Sweet Dozen.” The thousands of free dozens on Saturdays will be securely sealed and bagged individually, along with instructions for contactless drop-off, including social distancing and safety guidelines.​”

Hours of operation have been adjusted in some communities to comply with state and/or local government guidelines, but most Krispy Kreme shops and drive-thrus in the US are open for pick-up orders.

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